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    My First Kilt Story is unusual and strange (at least for a non-hillbilly).

    I got my first set of pipes in 1975, as a High School Graduation present from my Dad.

    While they were on order I knew I wanted a kilt, but I didn't know where to get one, nor had I ever seen a kilt in person.

    So in our hillbilly make-do DIY way, I went down to an ordinary fabric shop and bought some plaid wool that looked nice enough, tan with blue, red, black, and white stripes. Then my Grandmother and I looked at whatever kilt photos we could find (no internet in 1975!) and I came up with the pattern and she did the sewing. It really wasn't too bad considering.

    Here's that first kilt, sorry the photo is so faded



    Then around 1976 I discovered The Scottish Shopper in Seattle, a widely known source in the old days. I ordered some real tartan, 13oz MacDonald Of The Isles Hunting (due to some research suggesting a MacDonald connexion) and my Grandmother made my second kilt.

    Here it is, at that time



    We didn't know about cutting out the pleats in the back, but I was so skinny it didn't matter much.

    It wasn't until 1977, when I joined my first Pipe Band, that I saw, and wore, my first made-in-Scotland genuine kilt, lovely it was, handsewn and heavy weight (in Ancient MacLaren). Over the last 40 years most of the kilts I've worn have been band kilts.
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    Proud Mountaineer from the Highlands of West Virginia; son of the Revolution and Civil War; first Europeans on the Guyandotte

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    Double post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Manu View Post
    My first one was a Black Stewart. I chose it because it was one of four tartans offered by Stillwater about 14 years ago! It was the one I liked the best. The one in my closet now is Ireland's National, which I chose because my wife and I'm about to pull the trigger on a County Cavan tartan because that is where her grandfather came from after WWII. Next on the list will be the Marine Dress Blue tartan for my service in the Corps.
    Quote Originally Posted by Jock Scot View Post
    Simple. Its my Clan tartan, job done. I will wear no other.
    Well, the Marine Corps is my clan, biggest and baddest clan there ever was The other two are for my wife, they make her happy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Manu View Post
    Well, the Marine Corps is my clan, biggest and baddest clan there ever was The other two my wife loves.
    Well alright, its your choice and your money. Generally, whilst we could probably have the choice of many tartans, we Highland Scots stick to one tartan. If nothing else its------ errr, ummm, well----- less expensive that way!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jock Scot View Post
    Well alright, its your choice and your money. Generally, we Highland Scots stick to one tartan.
    I'm aware of the Highland practice. If I remember correctly though Jock, I've seen you wearing a couple of different kilts, no? They were both McLeod of Harris, but I believe one was an enlarged sett.

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    I didn't really have a choice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Manu View Post
    I'm aware of the Highland practice. If I remember correctly though Jock, I've seen you wearing a couple of different kilts, no? They were both McLeod of Harris, but I believe one was an enlarged sett.
    Quite right, both the same Clan tartan, one is old and rather tatty now and used for more rugged and casual events and the other is reserved for the more smart events such as weddings. All perfectly acceptable from a Highland Scot's point of view and should I live for another 50 years., my present smart kilt will take up more casual duties and a new one will deal with the smart events.
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    My first kilt was a matter of necessity and availability...

    I was at a Celtic festival in Maryland a few years back with friends and family and I made the brilliant decision to wear full length blue jeans and a black polo shirt. Of course the temperature was in the 80's or 90's and I was sweltering. So, my darling bride suggested I go look at the kilts as a cooler option. I did but couldn't find one in wool that I liked or could afford so I bought an AmeriKilt utility kilt in olive drab. No bulky cargo pockets, just a cloth sporran and small hip pocket. A clean and simple design in cotton duck that I still wear for casual wear at home and around town on errands. It was cool and comfortable and the start in my kilted adventures.

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    I next bought one in acrylic fabric in Lamont, the clan on my maternal grandmothers side of the family. Similar to black watch/campbell, but with a white stripe added.

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    That is the only clan affiliation that I know of so I will stick with the variants of the Lamont tartan (ancient, modern, muted/hunting) I think.

    I do have an Irish National in PV from USA Kilts since I liked the colors and my ancestors on the Lamont side got all over the british isles (england, ireland, scotland, and also wales).

    You can certainly go with your military service tartans as many of us have. I did a search on Hawaii in the Scottish Registar of Tartans website and found two you might want to check out.

    This is the Hawaii tartan, and it may be the official state tartan, per the write up on the website: http://www.tartansauthority.com/tart...awaii-district

    This is a fashion tartan made and owned by USA Kilts called State Seal of Hawaii: http://www.tartansauthority.com/tart...hawaii-fashion
    The hielan' man he wears the kilt, even when it's snowin';
    He kens na where the wind comes frae, But he kens fine where its goin'.

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    I ordered Sinclair Hunting old colours tartan from Scotland, and my wife hand-sewed my first kilt, using The Art of Kilt Making.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jock Scot View Post
    both (kilts) the same Clan tartan, one is old and rather tatty now and used for more rugged and casual events and the other is reserved for the more smart events such as weddings.
    That's exactly my tweed kilt jacket situation: one a bit motheaten and shabby, for Rugby (watching not playing!) and the other in better condition, for piping gigs.

    With the tartan of kilts, of course some Clans have several tartans, and a Mr Stewart could have a closet-full of the things, all different, with a Mr MacDonald not far behind.
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